Capital Projects

In July of 2020, the District was successful in securing $5.9 Million in funding from the Investing in Canada Infrastructure Program (Rural and Northern Communities) to build the Shuswap (Secwépemc) Healing Centre, a health and wellness facility being built in collaboration with Splatsin. The Centre will be the new home of the Sicamous Community Health Centre (previously the Sicamous Medical Clinic) and will provide space for allied health professionals to offer services in the community. 

In September 2021, the contract for the project was awarded to Scott Builders Inc. whose design team includes health-care design consultant Dr. Avein Saaty-Tafoya and world-renowned architect Douglas Cardinal. The project, which is currently in the cost budget development phase, is being designed for 200 Main Street - property owned by the District of Sicamous and zoned Downtown Commercial. 

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Conceptual design for the Habitat for Humanity Kamloops project being proposed for Main Street.
Conceptual design for the Habitat for Humanity Kamloops project being proposed for Main Street.

The District of Sicamous is working with partners to bring attainable and affordable housing opportunities to Sicamous. This includes an affordable housing project with the Eagle Valley Senior Citizens Housing Society and an attainable housing/commercial development with Habitat for Humanity Kamloops.

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2021 Housing Needs Assessment Report

In 2021, the District of Sicamous retained CitySpaces Consulting to complete a Housing Needs Report in accordance with Provincial legislation. This report builds on the foundation of housing policy, regulations, specific topic studies, and community engagement around housing in Sicamous. This report is intended to provide an understanding of current and anticipated housing needs within Sicamous.

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Housing Committee 

A Housing Committee being established by the Mayor under Section 142 of the Community Charter to consider the housing needs of the community and offer local perspectives to District of Sicamous Council. In December, a Call for Volunteers was released and applications are being accepted until January 28, 2022.

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Solsqua-Sicamous Bridge replacement work.
Solsqua-Sicamous Bridge replacement work.

In 2018, the District of Sicamous received $4.5 Million from the Federal Gas Tax Fund for the replacement of the Solsqua-Sicamous Bridge. The original bridge, built in the 1920's, was at the end of its lifespan and it was a priority to replace the aging infrastructure. Increased development and projected growth within the northern part of the community were also considerations for pursuing the project. 

The contract for the project was awarded to VVI Construction Ltd. in September of 2019 with construction commencing in August of 2020. 

 

 

 

Conceptual design of the new Beach Park washroom and concession facility.
Conceptual design of the new Beach Park washroom and concession facility.

In February 2021, the District received $447K in funding from the Community Economic Recovery Infrastructure Program (CERIP) under the Community, Economic Resilience (CER) stream to complete improvements at the Sicamous Beach Park. Improvement works include the replacement of the existing and aging washroom structure to be universally accessible, the addition of concession facilities, surface pathways for ease of access, landscaping, playground improvements, and additional outdoor seating with a pergola.

Sicamous Beach Park Improvements commenced in the spring of 2021. The project is expected to be fully completed prior to the 2022 summer season. 

Location of the Finlayson Boat Launch located next to the Sicamous Beach Park.
Location of the Finlayson Boat Launch located next to the Sicamous Beach Park.

In October 2021, the District received approval from the Ministry of Forests, Lands, Natural Resource Operations and Rural Development to proceed with the first phase of Finlayson Boat Launch Upgrades. Phase one of work, completed in November, included the removal of the federated wooden boat ramp, removal and profiling of the existing Gordon Mackie Square, and necessary in-stream works. The next phase will involve collaboration with stakeholders to identify critical elements necessary for achieving a detailed design. The design will then be submitted for permit approvals to begin the construction process. The project is being funded by District reserves which will be phased over several years.

 

 

View from Main Street Landing at the roundabout connecting Riverside Ave.
View from Main Street Landing at the roundabout connecting Riverside Ave.

Over the summer of 2021, the District completed a public survey, open houses and workshops to inform a revitalization plan for Main Street, in particular, to inform the road cross section for Main Street. This includes road and sidewalk width, parking type, street furnishings, intersection treatments, and boulevards. This project ties in with the Shuswap Healing Centre and housing projects on Main Street.

Proposed trail network for the Owlhead Bike Park.
Proposed trail network for the Owlhead Bike Park.

The District of Sicamous continues to pursue the development of a mountain bike trail on the  Owlhead Trailhead. The District is working through the application process with the Ministry of Forests, Lands, Natural Resource Operations and Rural Development (FNRORD) for the construction or maintenance of trails or recreation facilities on Crown Land. Pending approvals, construction is targeted for 2023. 

The $1.7 Million Community Bio-Heat Project will aid in the production of clean energy and the reduction of greenhouse gas emissions within the municipality.

The facility, to be located at 510 Thomsen Place, will consist of a biomass boiler heating system and boiler house which will repurpose wood waste into fuel and provide thermal heat to buildings within the Sicamous Industrial Park. 

The District has received $1.5 Million in grant funding, including $512K through the Green Infrastructure Stream of the Investing in Canada Infrastructure Program, $875 Million from the Clean Energy for Rural and Remote Communities Bioheat Program through Natural Resources Canada and $175K from the Fraser Basin Council through the Community Energy Leadership Program.

In the Fall 2021, Council awarded the project contract to Fink Machine Inc. from Enderby, B.C. Phase 1 of construction will begin in May 2022 and a Ground-breaking Ceremony for the project will take place on Earth Day - Friday, April 22, 2022 - at 11:00 a.m. 

The Development Services Department has several projects underway including the Housing Needs Assessment, Zoning Bylaw Rewrite, Flood Protection Plan and Short Term Rentals. 

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Learn about the R.W. Bruhn Bridge Project

The Province of British Columbia has committed to the replacement of the R.W. Bruhn Bridge. 

"The Highway 1 four-laning project includes approximately 1.9 km of Highway 1 four-laning, replacement of the existing R.W. Bruhn Bridge with a new four-lane bridge, and intersection improvements between Old Sicamous Road and Silver Sands Road." (Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure)

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